Delta Utah - a city in Millard County, USA


Delta Utah is a city in Millard County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,436 at the 2010 census.

Delta is located at 39°21′11″N 112°34′25″W (39.353145, −112.573656).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles or 8.3 square kilometres, all land.

Delta was originally a railroad switch called Aiken. In 1905 Aiken was renamed Melville when Millard County began plans to set up irrigation and a dam. People were given free land to move to the new town as long as they agreed to develop a 40-acre lot. The name was change again because of the similarities between Melville and Millville, another town in Utah. The name was changed on May 12, 1908 to Burtner. The name was finally changed to Delta on May 11, 1911. The name is quite fitting as the area was a delta of Lake Bonneville.

During World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans were gathered up and placed in ten incarceration camps with the intention of protecting military installations from espionage. One of these camps, then titled Central Utah Relocation Center, was located near Delta and filled with former residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Topaz Museum, located in Delta, works to preserve important sites at the relocation center, and to provide information on the history of the camps.

A history of the area is kept and displayed at The Great Basin Museum.

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